Wednesday, 7 March 2012

As Granny Weatherwax would say...*

Hello, my dear, dear friends :) Gosh, how I've missed you! My eyes are finally well enough to cope with looking at a screen for longer than 30 seconds at a time, and my hand has healed up enough that I can type properly again, thank goodness!! (I hate eczema. *big sigh!*) So here I am :)

You lovely, lovely people, I can't thank you enough for your wonderful messages, emails, cards and so on. I've been touched beyond words by the number of people who've contacted me or enquired about me to make sure I'm OK. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to respond in person to each of you, though I hope to remedy that at some point - just please know that it's meant such a lot to me :) It's been so frustrating that while the stupid eczema was a relatively minor problem it was one that prevented me from communicating to you all that it was a relatively minor thing that had caused my disappearance.... So I'm really sorry that you've been concerned about me, I promise that there hasn't been anything major going on :)

I've been thinking about the best way to get back into a more regular blogging pattern again; I don't yet feel ready to hurtle straight back into the kind of posting I was doing before, though I may well work back up to that in time. And I have a lot of catching up to do, which feels a bit overwhelming to be honest so I've taken some time to figure out how to make sure I don't get overwhelmed!

I've been keeping up with taking my daily photos, so my plan is to have a Project 365 (from the end of last year)/Project 366 (from the start of this) post every few days, with several photos at a time; those daily shots will bring you all up to date with what's been happening in our loves since Christmas (I can't believe it's been so very long, aargh!!) I have new pets to introduce to you, for example, so look out for those as the Project 366 photos start to appear!

I also have some books to give away. I've been fortunate enough to have been chosen as one of the World Book Night givers, so look out for details of the title I'll be sharing nearer the time - World Book Night itself is 23rd April, so I'm giving you plenty of warning! Much sooner than that, I have a well overdue Pass The Book - Sian, I'm so sorry! I finished it before Christmas but thought I should wait till after the festive season to make sure as many people as possible had the chance to see the post and put their names down, and then the silly trouble started with my eyes.... But I'm hoping to Pass The Book within the next week, watch out for that post :)

Meanwhile, as I still have to ration my screen time somewhat, I'll have to keep my blog amnesty going a little longer, sadly :( I hope to be able to start visiting your blogs again over the next few days, but to make it manageable I won't be leaving any comments yet - though I do hope I'll be able to get back into that asap. I miss you and it doesn't feel the same when I read without commenting!

Finally (for now), I haven't forgotten about the Face Book Project, but the addresses of those of you who don't yet have the stamped images are safely stored on my computer so I haven't been able to access them.... That's high on my to-do list now, so if you're in the second wave of that project, expect an email and package of stamped faces very soon.

Once again, thank you all so, so much for your loving concern for me. I really can't put into words how heartwarming it's been to know how strong the bonds of blog friendship truly are. Thank you xx

* PS In case you haven't read the Discworld series, Granny Weatherwax would say - or rather, hold a sign saying - 'I Aten't Dead'. There is a reason but I won't go into detail here! Instead, I recommend you read the Discworld books, Terry Pratchett is a fine author :)

34 comments:

debs14 said...

When I saw your blog pop up as having a new post I smiled so much! It's so good to see you back in blogland - you have been missed. Looking forward to catching up with what has been going on in your life and hoping that whatever treatment you are having for your ailments continues to do it's job and you are soon 100% again. Welcome back!

Cheri said...

Mel you have been sorely missed and do hope that everything heals up quickly and allows you to get back to the life you WANT to lead! Welcome back!

Ladkyis said...

eczema! I hate it expecially as I am doing the cold turkey thing with the cortico steroid creams. They are making my eczema a self perpetuating problem so I have decided not to use it again. I have read all the reports and stuff. It will get better.... it will!

Rhona said...

It's so good to see a post from you, it's been so strange not seeing your name come up. I'm glad to hear your eyes are improving and hope the same goes for your hand. Looking forward to seeing your photos and catching up with you again :) xx

Kirsty.a said...

Nice to see you again. Glad you are feeling better

Ruth said...

Hooray, welcome home, friend. x

Karen said...

Welcome Back xxx Deb Denise and I were only saying on Saturday how much we missed your blogging.

Tammy said...

It was SO wonderful to see your blog bold in my Google Reader list!!

Hope things continue to heal up for you.

Glad you are back!!

Mary B said...

Welcome back to blogland It is so good to have you popping up on my Google Reader again. I've missed you so much and your cheery post.
Just to know that you are OK and that nothing major has kept you away, mind you that minor one was bad enough.
Love you lots take care and ease yourself back into the flow. We all love

Amy said...

It's good to see you Mel!

scrappyjacky said...

Great to see you back here,Mel.

Lizzie said...

Woo-hoo, she's back! I've been spying on your blog in my List, hoping to see an update... and here you are at last!
So glad to hear you are okay now and I hope the problems with your eyes are soon quite gone. Eczema is a pain (on so many levels!). I've never had it so badly that I couldn't type though. I find Aloe Vera Gel (Holland & Barrett) very helpful - it heals up amazingly fast with that stuff! My mum has psoriasis and swears by Aveeno's daily moisturiser to help keep it at bay - maybe one of these things would help to prevent a recurrence of your problem...

It's nice to hear you are back and reading blogs again. Hopefully there will soon be some posts from you too, then a comment or two...

Welcome Back, so glad you're getting better! Missed you! XX

PS. The Boy is reading his way through his dad's collection of Terry Pratchett. He's currently reading The Fifth Elephant. He was reading the "Death Series", but I don't know if this is part of those books, or something else. I really should try them myself!

Jimjams said...

Glad it wasn't too serious - take your time getting back into the swing of things :o}

Jennie Hart said...

Welcome back Mel, how lovely :)
So happy that you are feeling better and I look forward to your posts when you are back in the swing of things....

Granny Weatherwax is one of the wisest woman I know (well after Nanny Ogg of course), we still quote the line about the sterling quality of the dwarf bread..."frankly, I think the cat p***** on it", naughty but very, very funny.

furrypig said...

so glad to see you! You have been missed! I am glad u r recovering and I look forward to seeing you as and when u r able xxx

The Creative Beast said...

I was just thinking of you the other day and hoping all is well and so it is! By all means, take the time you need to ease back into your regular schedule of things so you won't have a relapse - you were greatly missed and I think it's fair to say that none of us wish to see you absent again =-)

Thanks for the facebook reminder - that also crossed my mind the other day as I have yet to make my book out of the many beautiful faces that were sent to me after round one! Looking forward to round two though =-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Yea. Just yea. So glad to hear from you.
Rinda

Melissa said...

What an absolutely wonderful treat to "see" you back in blog land Mel!! So glad you are getting better. Be sure to take it easy - we don't want any relapses. Looking forward to your photo posts to catch up with all that's been going on.

Lynn said...

How lovely to see you pop into my reader! Glad all is getting better with you and looking forward to catching up with all your news. Take it easy and don't over do it.

themathchick said...

It's nice to hear from you, Mel! Have a wonderful day.

helena said...

smiled when I saw your blog highlighted on my google reader list- so nice to have you back - and now off to find a terry pratchet to re-read

Karen said...

I was so happy to see your blog pop up on my Reader this morning! Welcome back. I had no idea eczema could create that kind of problem. Hope it's continuing to improve. Welcome back!

Sian said...

It's good to see you back. Rationing screen time? I'm under doctors orders with that one too. A bit of readjusting can be a good thing..and looking after your eyes is definitely a very good thing

JO SOWERBY said...

it's lovely to see u back here again. yes we were worried about you my sweet. glad the eczema is improving, it can be so painful i know. give urself plenty of time and no pressure to blog, we won't be going far,
jo xxxx

Ginger said...

Hiya Mel!
So happy to see your post and a big enthusiastic welcome back! Take it easy :)

Alison said...

What a great surprise to see you pop up on my 'Reader'! So glad to hear you are improving, but just take it little steps at a time...Welcome home!
Alison xx

Miss Smith said...

Oooh, it's good to see you (read you?) again. Hope you're feeling better and I look forward to making the acquaintance of the pets.

And Granny Weatherwax totally knows her business.

Missus Wookie said...

Smiled to see your blog pop up in my reader. Terry Pratchett is a family favourite here we own 'em all and have met him several times.

Hope the health improves - amazing how much we take for granted isn't it? Looking forward to the posts.

Kai said...

Yay! I had just popped over here a few days ago to check in and see what was goin' on.... was getting worried and so glad to see this post today to alleviate all that crazy imagination of mine. :) So glad to see you Mel!

alexa said...

So thrilled to see you in my Google reader! Welcome back and I am delighted you are recovering. I'm a great fan of granny Weatherwax - she is my role model for when I am 80. :)

alexa said...

So thrilled to see you in my Google reader! Welcome back and I am delighted you are recovering. I'm a great fan of granny Weatherwax - she is my role model for when I am 80. :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great to see you back!

Julie J said...

Welcome back. I've been a bit overwhelmed and not been able to keep up with blog visits myself and keep thinking - 'I must check and see if Mel has posted anything' and I'm just missing it but I'm afraid my overwhelmedness overwhelmed me. (I'm sure there's a Black Adder type line in there somewhere!!!) Glad you're getting better.
I've just finished reading 'Snuff' - I'm not sure it's because it was my bedtime reading (and I have a tendency to fall asleep) or his Alzheimer's showing through but the last two books have seemed a little disjointed to me.
I just love Granny Weatherwax and the Disc World Witch books.

Beverly said...

What a glorious end to my day to be catching up on blogs and see that you are back in blogland. I have missed you greatly, thought of you often and had you in my prayers. I have been in need of small things to make me smile recently, thank you for being one of those today :)